Atlanta Tries To Snap Losing Skid On Road
The Los Angeles Dodgers look for an eighth straight win when they host the Atlanta Braves in the second of a three-game series on Tuesday night. Los Angeles took the series opener on Monday night to improve to 5-0 at home this season and take a half-game lead over the San Francisco Giants for the top spot in the NL West. Atlanta has dropped two in a row and sits in third place in the NL East, a half-game behind the second-place Miami Marlins. These two teams have a history, having played in the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, so before you bet online on this contest, read our in-depth preview to help you make the right choice.
Albies’ Hot Bat Not Enough For Braves
The Atlanta Braves have been getting some great play out of second baseman Ozzie Albies when it comes to the power department, as he hit a home run for the fourth time in five games on Monday night. But Albies was 0-for-4 outside of the dinger, and he’s batting just .213 in the leadoff spot.
Albies does have two doubles, five home runs, nine RBIs and seven runs scored, but Atlanta would likely prefer a higher on-base percentage to set up the rest of the lineup.
First baseman Matt Olson has been hot, hitting .452 with five doubles, two home runs, two RBIs and eight runs scored. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has been heating up himself, hitting home runs in two straight games before going 0-for-4 in the series opener. Ozuna is batting .292 with three doubles, four home runs, eight RBIs and six runs scored.
Left-hander Max Fried will get the start for Tuesday’s contest as he looks for his first win of the season. The 28-year-old is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA over two starts, striking out nine and walking one. Fried’s last outing against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday lasted 5⅓ innings as he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out four and walking none.
Freeman Leads Dodgers Past His Former Team
In his first at-bat against his former team, Freddie Freeman had the swing that he might have been dreaming of. Freeman hit his first home run with his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, against his old team, the Atlanta Braves, on Monday night, helping Los Angeles to the win at home.
FIRST HOMER AS A DODGER? FREDDIE, SET, GO. pic.twitter.com/w0cEUXCtiG
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 19, 2022
Freeman has started well with his new squad, hitting .325 with three doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored.
Shortstop Trea Turner continues to put together an outstanding start to the campaign, hitting a bases-loaded double in Monday’s win. Turner had his 27-game hit streak dating back to last year ended on Sunday, but he started another one on Monday. Turner is batting .310 with a double, a triple, a home run, 10 RBIs and six runs scored.
Los Angeles will have right-hander Walker Buehler on the mound for Tuesday’s game. Buehler is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA through two starts. He took a no-decision in his last outing, going 5⅔ innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday and allowing two runs on five hits, including a home run, while striking out four and walking three.
Braves vs Dodgers Head-to-Head
As stated earlier, these two teams have matched up in the postseason the last two years and in three of the last four. In the regular season in 2021, the home team dominated the series, with each going 5-1 in their own stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had the slight edge in 2020 in both the regular season and the playoffs, winning both series by a 4-3 count. The MLB lines expect Los Angeles to continue its success at home this season on Tuesday, giving the Dodgers the edge.
Braves vs Dodgers Game Information
- Game: Braves (5-7) vs Dodgers (8-2)
- Location: Dodger Stadium
- Day/Time: Tuesday, April 19th. 10:10 p.m. ET
- Braves vs DodgersLive stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Dodgers Betting Lines
Braves vs Dodgers Prediction
Fried has not looked like his usual dominating self so far this season, and the Atlanta Braves would really like to see that come out in this game. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Dodgers likely have too much firepower for Fried to shut them down, as they will stay perfect at Dodger Stadium this season
When making your MLB picks, take Los Angeles to win at home.